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Foxes

The fox is a major predator of lambs, poultry and goat kids. They play a significant role in the decline of native wildlife, including rock wallabies, numbats and numerous bird species.

Fox activity and population size around your property can be observed and monitored by looking out for evidence of foxes:

  • visible sightings—day and night
  • missing/dead animals (chickens and stock)
  • fox faeces
  • prints
  • dens.

Control methods

1080 is the main poison used to control foxes. 1080 use is regulated by the Pesticides Act and Pesticide Control Order that defines the requirements for use. Landholders must have current approved chemical users training to obtain and use 1080. Coordinated local group baiting programs will enhance baiting outcomes.

Trapping can be undertaken with the aid of mesh cage traps, or soft/rubber jawed leg hold traps. Lures can be used to attract foxes.

Pest control order

The NSW Government introduced a Pest Control Order (PCO) for the European Red Fox in 2014. This PCO applies across the State of NSW.

Under this order, Local Land Services can serve individual eradication orders to any owner or occupier of land, requiring them to eradicate the pest using a method specified in the eradication order.

Where a fox is cage or leg-hold trapped as part of a control program and cannot be humanely euthanised on-site, a pest animal movement permit from Local Land Services is required under the Local Land Services Act 2013 to move the declared pest animal to a veterinarian for destruction. The application form can be downloaded here:

The PCO does not allow the keeping of newly acquired foxes as pets in captivity.

Captive fox permits

In accordance with the pest control order, foxes can no longer be kept in captivity without a permit, released into the wild or rescued from the wild for adoption or re-homing.

The PCO prohibits new cases of fox ownership or fox husbandry and permits to keep captive foxes are no longer available.

Under the Local Land Services Act 2013, penalties apply for failing to comply with a PCO (50 penalty units or up to $8,500) and failing to register an existing pet fox (20 penalty units or up to $3,400 and removal of any non-permitted animal).

Autumn fox bait distribution 2016

Albury area

TUESDAY 8 MARCH 2016

11.00am - Holbrook LLS Depot

12.00pm - Cookardinia Hall

1.15pm - Carabost RFS Shed

2.00pm - Rosewood Store

WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH 2016

10.00am - Albury LLS Office

11.00am - Henty Ag n Vet

12.30pm - Culcairn Ag n Vet

1.30pm - Walla Sports Ground

2.10pm - Bungowannah RFS Shed

THURSDAY 10 MARCH 2016

9.30am - Howlong Pound TSR

11.00am - Holbrook LLS Depot

12.15pm - Morven Hotel

1.30pm - Mountain Creek RFS

2.15pm - Mullengandra Hall

3.15pm - Wymah/Bowna RFS Shed

FRIDAY 11 MARCH 2016

10.00am - Lankeys Creek Hall

10.50am - Jingellic Store

11.45am - Talmalmo

1.00pm - Woomargama Hotel

TUESDAY 15 MARCH 2016

11.00am - Walbundrie Show Ground

12.00pm - Brocklesby Hall

12.50pm - Burrumbuttock Sports Ground

1.45pm - Glenellen RFS Shed

WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 2016

11.00am - Khancoban NPWS

1.00pm - Tooma Hotel

2.00pm - Tumbarumba Show Ground

3.00pm - Munderoo RFS Shed

Deniliquin area

TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2016

7.45am - Cooked breakfast, Bunnaloo Hall

10.30am - Woodfield Woolshed, Moama

12.30pm - BBQ lunch, Glenavon, baits at Melrose shearing shed

WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2016

8.00am - Cooked breakfast, Bullatale Fire Shed

10.30am - Noorumboon Woolshed, Tocumwal Rd

1.00pm - Pretty Pine Rec Ground

3.00pm - Fairview, Conargo

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2016

8.30am - Cooked breakfast, Junabong Shearing Shed, Burraboi Rd

12.00pm - Caldwell Hall

TUESDAY 8 MARCH

8.30am - Cooked breakfast, Moulamein Office

11.00am - Woods Lane Corner, Cunninyeuk

12.30pm - Tumble Down, Waddy Bridge

2.00pm - Gonn front gate

WEDNESDAY 9 MARCH

8.30am - Cooked breakfast, Koraleigh Fire Shed

11.00am - Yanga Workshop, Sturt Highway

THURSDAY 10 MARCH

8.30am - Cooked breakfast, Pine Leigh Woolshed

Jerilderie area

MONDAY 07 MARCH 2016

1.00-2.00pm - near Boree Creek Hotel, Boree Creek

3.00-4.00pm - Urana Sale Yards, Urana

TUESDAY 15 MARCH 2016

9.30-10.30am - “Innesvale, Oaklands

11.30-12.30pm - Triangle Park, Daysdale

WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 2016

8.00-9.00am - Murray Local Land Services Depot, Jerilderie, incl. BBQ breakfast

THURSDAY 17 MARCH 2016

9.30-10.30am - “Waratah”, Berrigan

11.30-12.30am - “Womboyne”, Back Barooga Rd

TUESDAY 22 MARCH 2016

10.00-11.00am - Savernake Hall, Savernake

12.00-1.00pm - Buraja TSR

WEDNESDAY 23 MARCH 2016

9.30-10.30am - “Belubla”, Tocumwal